Mon, April 13, 2020
Excellence is a behavior – Mr. R. Malar Vannan
Mr. R. Malar Vannan, the person behind the upliftment of several companies thriving in the automotive industry’s fluctuating scenarios, is the humblest embodiment of success and leadership. He is known for bringing a transition in the work environment at Pricol Pvt. Ltd. with an extensive methodical approach that worked at both organizational and employee levels. Voicing clarity and confidence with every statement of his, Mr. R. Malar Vannan has ideologies that encompass the philosophical and psychological dimensions. His exceptional knowledge and unparalleled expertise are far from ordinary, making him a truly inspiring leader, in every way.
THE “FIX IT FROM EXIT” TASK
How Interaction Fixed It
Having known for transformational practices, our inspiring leader took up the “Fix it from exit” approach in an organization that dropped from an average of 9% to a straight 1% year on year growth rate. “I said let me try” says our leader, humble as ever. He had a thorough analysis on the entire work pattern and brought out the strength of the organization – the workforce. He valued the potential of the employee base and believed that it was the one ideal solution to fix every issue from customer complaint/hesitance, to the misleading process chains. He elevated the technical competency of the employees with a strong hold – the connection.
Our leader believed in the power of interaction in outweighing the strengths over weaknesses, and held frequent meetings – both one-on-one and team meetings (informal and formal), to help the people open up and voice their challenges, ultimately narrowing down the gap between the management and the staff.
“I fixed the low hanging froots without disturbing the financial and disciplinary aspects of the organization” re-assures our leader while elaborating his approach.
THE “WALK THE TALK” APPROACH
Walking Along An Employee’s Perspective
Valuing the team strength that he intended to emphasise, he says “We are the HR department for our people & business growth. We treat our employee as our customer.” He puts it out that the HR and the union are the power centers of any organization. His ideology that contradicted the ‘Command & control and moral policies’ took him ahead to have a significant transformation in these power centres, which he believed, were the ultimate route to ‘bring the change’. Unlike many, our leader volunteered for personal approaches in building the trust of the employees, which had him pay visit to the houses of 1420 unionized employees, for nothing but interaction. He walked along an employee’s perspective, thereby walking the talk that he voiced as a leader.
THE CONCEPT OF MP5
The Two-Way Process With A Long-Term Team
As a leader who takes a deeper look into the employee’s mindset, Mr. R. Malar Vannan admits that dealing with a long-term team needs patience. He took his step-wise procedure in educating the dedicated & experienced 25-year long team in Pricol, about how their technical competence could outperform the competitors, given that the team is strong. The promotion of MP5 concept introduced by him re-assured the strength in every aspect of the organization.
The MP5 approach:
- My Pricol (Company)
- My Pride
- My Passion
- My Performance
- My Prosperity
Strengthening the individual sense of ownership over the company, our inspirational leader had the power of the workforce reflect on the performance, at every step, with greater involvement & alignment with sustainable business growth.
SUBCONSCIOUS VS. CONSCIOUS COMPETENCE
How Procedural Psychology Brought A Change
Our inspiring leader has a unique vision that stands out as a combination of multi-disciplinary study-based approaches that are capable of transforming the deep-rooted organizations from their very base. He intends to break structural favouritism in the organization and steps ahead to understand the emotional attachment of the individuals. His multilayered approach created a culture that focused on leveraging both ‘subconscious and conscious competence’ of the workforce, directed towards skill and know-how respectively. The change found its very base with his comprehensive growth method:
- Create Connection
- Set Expectations
- Adapt and Evolve
- Measure the Matters
- Fix the Individual and the Company
THE ULTIMATE PHILOSOPHY
Simplify. Localize. Bring Inclusiveness.
Being an inspiring leader, his ultimate philosophy was a combination of practices that reflected humanitarian approaches for up-keeping sustainable business growth and bringing inclusiveness that concentrates as the core of strength. Such beliefs are re-established by his utilization of human redressal as a strength factor in fixation of a widespread organization.
Not missing out on his belief in non-hierarchical views, he celebrates the potential of low-ranking individuals will a sensible Tamil quote:
“நம்ம எண்ணங்களுக்கெல்லாம் வண்ணம்கொடுக்கறவங்க”
English translation: They are the people who give colors (vannam) to our thoughts (ennam)
THE ROLE MODELS OF OUR ROLE MODEL
From Words to the Walk of People
When asked about his role models in life, he instantly named a word. Yes, a word was the key inspiration of the leader. Resilience, the word with both power and humbleness just as our leader, has inspired him throughout his life. His symbolary role models are the great men in Tamil history – Subramania Bharathi and Tiruvalluvar, whose simplicity, knowledge and composure inspired him the most.
“நான் வீழ்வேனென்றுநினைத்தாயோ? is my inspirational resilience quote” shares our leader, quoting the words of the great Tamil poet and independence activist Bharathiyar.
Transliteration: “Naan veezhvenendru ninaithaayo?”
English translation: Did you think I’ll fall?
THE EXPERIMENTS WITH PASSION
Seeing Oneself As A Competitor
“I never thought of anything as a risk. It’s just a way of life” states Mr. R. Malar Vannan with his ceaseless energy and spirit. He attempts passion and experimentation equally, and believes that everything is an outcome of it.
“Life is the only a one way journey & does not have any U-turn. Every day is a learning experiment. I always challenge the person I was the day before” he says, stressing the fact that he is consistently striving to beat his yesterday’s performance.
His simultaneous possession of self and social conscience elevates the ultimacy of his vision, making him a true leader inside out.
He concludes with a comparison of world-famous quotes valuing the power of learning and re-learning.
“கற்க கசடறக் கற்பவை கற்றபின் நிற்க அதற்குத் தக” – A part of Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar
Transliteration: “Karka Kasatarak Karpavai Katrapin Nirka Adharkuth Thaka”
English translation: Let a man learn thoroughly whatever he may learn, and let his conduct be worthy of his learning.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler